Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 21, 2004


Jessie S. Wiley
Jessie Sonny Wiley, 60, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Wiley was born October 2, 1943, to the late Howard and Clara Bruce Wiley.
He was a self-employed equipment installer for many years and was of the Holiness denomination. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wiley was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Wiley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harvey Smith officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include a daughter, Eva Kitchens, Maysville; son, Doug Wiley, Commerce; brother, Michael Wiley, Commerce; sisters, Eva Lou Roberts, Maysville, and Mary Ruth Bowden and Willie Wilson, both of Commerce; two grandchildren and several other relatives.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Imogene Redmon
Miss Imogene Redmon, 86, of Maysville, died Thursday, January 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Miss Redmon was born in Banks County on July 31, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Wiley and Lena Baker Redmon.
Miss Redmon retired from Holiday Inn and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Miss Redmon is survived by a sister, Viola Redmon, Maysville; and three nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Reverend
Bunyan T. Taylor
The Rev. Bunyan T. Taylor, 94, of Winder, formerly of Jackson County, died Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at Winder Health Care.
A native of Jackson County, the Rev. Taylor was a son of the late Charles and Canzada Roberts Taylor.
He was a longtime pastor of Baptist churches in Gwinnett, Madison, Barrow and Jackson counties, and was a member of Ivy Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elnora Stancil Taylor, a step-son, David Wheeler, and a sister, Desma Gooch.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
The Rev. Taylor is survived by his wife, Miriam Wheeler Taylor, Winder; children and spouses, Charles and Edith Taylor, Gainesville, Billy and Judy Taylor, Habersham County, and Eleanor Wilson, Jefferson; step-children, Leon Wheeler, McDonough, Dorothy Camp, Canton, and Anthony Wheeler, Iowa; sisters, Ethel Gooch, Gainesville, and Bertie Bryant, Commerce; half-sisters, Lily Bruce, Homer, Martha Caudell, Baldwin, and Mary Tuggle, Dallas; half-brothers, W.W. Gary Jr., Commerce, Darrell Lewallen, Homer, and Robert Gary, Marietta; grandchildren and spouses, Barbara and James Scroggs, Oakwood, Randy and Denise Skelton, Athens, Sandra Skelton, Hoschton, and Heather Taylor, Atlanta; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

David M. Griffin
David Moss Griffin, 68, of Mt. Airy, died Sunday, January 18, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Melrose, Mass., on November 3, 1935, Mr. Griffin was a son of the late Norman Bernard and Helen Victoria Kiernan Griffin.
He was a Captain in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Griffin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1957 with a BBA in business administration, and later graduated from the Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1974. He later retired as an attorney in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Griffin was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia where he served as an Elder. He enjoyed hunting, beekeeping, reading, oil painting and woodworking.
Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by a brother, Richard N. Griffin, and a sister, Linda Mae Griffin Marston.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating.
Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Calhoun Griffin, Mt. Airy; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Robert Oklapek, Bonita Springs, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, John Calhoun and Errin Griffin, Sarasota, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert A. and Claire Griffin, Melrose, Mass.; sister, Ruth N. Griffin Clark, Melrose, Mass.; sister-in-law, Nancy Griffin, Clifton Park, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Oklapek, John Robert Oklapek, Robert Griffin Oklapek, Alexander Scott Griffin and David Elliot Griffin.
Contributions may be made to the Habersham Christian Learning Center, P.O. Box 427, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Virginia L. Hodgkinson
Mrs. Frank Worthington Hodgkinson died Friday, January 16, 2004, in Cornelia, following an extended illness.
Born Virginia Lea Williamson to Thomas Galloway and Jane Cartmell Williamson in 1911, she was reared in Asheville, N.C., with her six sisters.
She married Frank W. Hodgkinson in 1936. The couple lived in Atlanta and Cleveland, Tenn., and moved to Athens in 1945, where they established Hodgkinson’s Office Supply and Gifts. In 1966, they opened Valley Gift Shop in Cashiers, N.C. Mrs. Hodgkinson resided in Highlands, N.C., until 1996 when she moved to Cornelia.
Though involved in many social and charitable organizations, Mrs. Hodgkinson’s lifelong interest was art. She studied under Lamar Dodd at the University of Georgia in the late 1950s and early 1960s and became an accomplished artist.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, in Level Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Linda and J. Alton Wingate, Cornelia; three grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Mrs. Joseph J. Mitchener, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Contributions may be made in memory of Frank W. and Virginia W. Hodgkinson Endowment Fund at Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Mary L. Wilson
Mrs. Mary Louise Lewallen Wilson, 75, of Alto, died Monday, January 19, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on May 10, 1928, Mrs. Wilson was a daughter of the late William and Alpha Stewart Lewallen.
She retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.
“She loved to crochet, quilt and needlepoint,” said family members.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey R. Wilson Jr., a grandson, Kenny Marchbanks, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Elrod officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Charles Smith, Alto, Jackie and Tony Croy, Lula, Gail and David Wilbanks, Baldwin, Jeannine and Ricky Elrod, Cornelia, and Lynn and Greg McCoy, Gillsville; son, Danny Wilson, Alto; brothers, James Lewallen and Benny Lewallen, both of Commerce; sisters, Alice Gilbert and Scviller Wright, both of Gainesville, Thursey Hewell, Cleveland, and Lilly Rose Crow, Florida; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Mazelle A. Childs
Mrs. Mazelle Adams Childs, 96, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at Peachtree Plantation.
Born in Madison on October 26, 1907, Mrs. Childs was the daughter of the late Lee and Pearl Smith Adams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mrs. Childs was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Childs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 16, at Erastus Christian Church with Pastor Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Sammy L. Childs and W. Donald Childs, both of Commerce; one brother, Ernest Adams, Gillsville; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Jean M. Jarrett
Mrs. Jean Milam Jarrett, 79, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Jarrett was born in Fulton County to the late Joseph Tillman and Beulah Lee Clay Milam.
She was a self-employed beautician and was retired from Joyland Child Development Center. Mrs. Jarrett attended Grove Level Baptist Church, Maysville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Foster Lee Jarrett Jr., and a daughter, Julie Hope Jarrett.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Cecil Holcombe and Clack Stubbs officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta. Mrs. Jarrett’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Anita and David McConnell, Maysville; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Anna Jarrett, Maysville; sisters, Marie Slaick and Jackie Todd, both of Snellville, and Joann Watkins, Lilburn; grandsons, Tommy Jarrett, Dillion Jarrett and Sean McConnell; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Andrea and Todd Thomas; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Artie and Maria McConnell and Stephen and Tina McConnell; and five great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Gideons International.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Brodus Brawner
Brodus Brawner died recently in Jackson, Mich.
Well-known in Commerce, Mr. Brawner was born April 19, 1928, in Banks County, the seventh child of B.Y. Brawner and Hattie Scott.
Living most of his life in Commerce, Mr. Brawner was a farmer, a handy man and a gospel singer in the 1950s and 1960s.
“He always greeted you with a smile,” said family members. “Brodus always believed in doing the right thing. You would always see him walking to town, he never owned a car.
“He loved children and always kept a safe house for them. He’s in God’s hands. We will miss him.”
Mr. Brawner is survived by two brothers, Paul and Leroy Brawner, Jackson, Mich.; and one sister, Helen L. Dixon, Springfield, Ohio.
The Brawner Brothers Gospel Singers is planning a memorial service at a later date.
Those seeking information may contact Celia Brawner at (770) 718-9721.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Ruby D. Anderson
Mrs. Ruby Dickerson Anderson, 94, of Mt. Airy, died Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on July 16, 1909, Mrs. Anderson was the daughter of the late Lula Dickerson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Anderson, daughters, Mary Sue Anderson Hicks and Martha Anderson Mannikko, and an infant daughter, Lula Kathleen Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, at Welcome Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Ryals officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Polly Anderson, Norcross, James and Delores Anderson, Tucker, Paul and Theresa Anderson, Flowery Branch, Simon and Janet Anderson, Mt. Airy, and David “Andy” and Emily Anderson, Cornelia; sons, John A. Anderson, Toccoa, Harold “Bud” Anderson, Baldwin, and Daniel Anderson, Eastanollee; daughters, LouEllen Anderson Rich, Mt. Airy, and Judy Anderson Tanksley, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Lee and William Thompson Jr., Marietta; 39 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Welcome Home Baptist Church, 1702 Welcome Home Road, Mt. Airy, GA 30563.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004

Dessie Sorrells
Mrs. Dessie Lou Osley Sorrells, 87, of Colbert, formerly of Royston, died Monday, January 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Sorrells was born in Madison County on April 10, 1916. She was a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Octavia Patterson Osley.
Mrs. Sorrells was a homemaker and attended Colbert Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Hazel Coker, four brothers, Roy, Grover, Bishop and Felton Osley, and a sister, Vonnie Sue Dove.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Mill Shoal Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Evelyn Hall, Loganville, Shirley Short, Maysville, Joyce Eidson, Snellville, and Brenda Wright, Lawrenceville; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 21, 2004


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